College opens doors to special needs students

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Students with special needs who've attended four years of high school but won't graduate can attend college with their peers through a program starting in January at Franklin College.

A partnership between the college and Special Services Johnson County will allow up to 12 students in special education classes to take one college course a semester for up to two years. The classes are free.

The Daily Journal reports students also will work in the community.

The goal of the program is to make students employable. Organizers say it will fill a crucial gap for such students.

Indiana law allows them to continue taking high school classes until age 22, but Franklin schools special education director Mindy Staton says many aren't ready to live independently when school ends.

Information from: Daily Journal 

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